How To Connect To Your Raspberry Pi’s Graphical Desktop From Windows 10

Here I’m going to show you how to easily connect to your Raspberry Pi over the network from your Windows 10 machine.[1]

This is going to be accomplished with the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

This will allow you to quickly and conveniently access the Raspberry Pi’s graphical desktop without having to disconnect and move any of your cables (USB, HDMI, etc.) around.

A real pain in the butt!

Then you can easily experiment and test all of the open source software that the Raspberry Pi platform has to offer:

Here are a few quick examples:

1.) LibreOffice

Opensource Alternative to Microsoft Office

2.) Programming In Python For Beginners

Any Linux platform is going to come with amazing programming IDEs for dozens of popular programming languages: C, C++, Ruby, Python, Perl, you name it!

Raspberry Pi has one in particular for Python beginners.

Thonny Python IDE (to name just one of dozens)

3.) Raspberry Pi Documentation

If you want to go down the Raspberry Pi and/or Debian rabbit hole, you can access all of their References, Guides, and Help files:


Raspberry Pi OS Commands

To get this RDP solution implemented, we will need to:

  1. Install the latest Raspberry Pi OS updates (as a Best Practice)
  2. Install the open source version of RDP onto your Raspberry Pi: Xrdp
sudo apt-get update #update list of available updates
sudo apt-get upgrade #actually installs latest software versions
sudo apt-get install xrdp #installs XRDP onto Raspberry Pi

“RDP” to your Raspberry Pi

From your Windows 10 machine, type mstsc into your search bar and select Remote Desktop Connection

Enter your Raspberry Pi’s IP Address and click Connect

Click Yes if you see the following warning:

Enter the username and password of a valid Raspberry Pi account.

The one you use to Putty with should work.

Then you will be presented with the Raspberry Pi’s graphical desktop:

HAVE FUN EXPLORING!!


[1]Curated from the following website: https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-remote-desktop

BASH Script On Raspberry Pi To Show Filehandles

Solved an interesting problem on Unix recently that I automated with the shell; which I will demonstrate on Raspberry Pi

QUICK BACKGROUND

I performed a logrotate on a log file which performed the following transformation:

service.log => service.log.1

which is pretty straight forward, but here was the problem:

After logrotate did its thing, logs were being written to the archived log file service.log.1 and NOT service.log.

This of course defeats to whole purpose of logrotate, so to begin troubleshooting, I needed to answer this question:

What process (or processes) are keeping a handle on that file being logrotated?

MY METHOD

So my first step was to figure out what command I could start with to answer my question.

After a quick google search and testing, I found fuser to be a great spring board.

I began my testing by using the common binary file /usr/sbin/sshd:

root@raspberrypi:~# fuser /usr/sbin/sshd
/usr/sbin/sshd: 406e 776e 846e

Now, according to man 1 fuser, it:

outputs only the PIDs to stdout, everything else is sent to stderr.


Hence, the following will clean up the original output a bit:

root@raspberrypi:~# fuser /usr/sbin/sshd 2> /dev/null
406 776 846root@raspberrypi:~#

(No newline is printed at the end of the output so the prompt was returned back on the same line.)


Now, if we pipe the output to xargs, it will work and give use the information we want. But not in most user-friendly format:

root@raspberrypi:~# fuser /usr/sbin/sshd 2> /dev/null | xargs -n1 ps -p
PID TTY TIME CMD
406 ? 00:00:00 sshd
PID TTY TIME CMD
776 ? 00:00:00 sshd
PID TTY TIME CMD
846 ? 00:00:00 sshd

Not too pretty.

Reason being, it ran a ps -p on EACH PID.

Instead, we want to run a single ps -p on ALL PIDs at once:

Here’s a way to run ps -p on ALL PIDS at once (-f added to ps command):

root@raspberrypi:~# ps -p $(fuser /usr/sbin/sshd 2> /dev/null | tr -s ' ' | sed -e 's/ /,/g' -e 's/^,//') -f
UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD
root 406 1 0 22:30 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/sshd -D
root 776 406 0 22:31 ? 00:00:00 sshd: pi [priv]
pi 846 776 0 22:31 ? 00:00:00 sshd: pi@pts/0

Let’s pause here and make a couple of quick observations:

  • The end result is getting more useful
  • But getting there (the code) is starting to outgrow the shell
  • And, its not easy to re-run this code on ANY filename

Enter…

SCRIPTING

If we “parameterize” the filename AND make it a script, the end result will look something like this:

root@raspberrypi:~/Documents# sh ./list_filehandles.sh /usr/sbin/sshd

Here is the source code for ./list_processhandles.sh:

#!/bin/sh

echo "******************************************"
echo "*"
echo -n "* Parameter passed in: "
echo $1
echo "*"
echo "******************************************"

export MYFILE=$1

ps -p $(fuser $MYFILE 2> /dev/null  | tr -s ' ' | sed -e 's/ /,/g' -e 's/^,//') -f

Now we can fuser ANY file we want to investigate (30 second demo below):

sh ./list_filehandles.sh <filename>